Is it just me, or does anyone else really struggle to drop endless amounts of cash on an entire new wardrobe during pregnancy? There are a few items that are definitely worth the splurge – maternity jeans, smoothing tanks, and bigger bras just to name a few. But outside of the true essentials, I find it so painful to spend big money on clothing that I know I won’t wear once my bump is gone.
This weekend I needed something nice to wear for a formal dinner with my husband’s office group. While I was willing to spend a little money to look nice, I was also determined that I could find something that would be able to be worn again. I set out to the mall with a mission to buy something in my normal pre-pregnancy size (so that it would still fit post-baby), and also in a non-maternity style, knowing that this was either a genius idea or something that would leave me in tears in the dressing room.
The good news is that I left not only with a pretty dress, but also with a revelation that there is one perfect style of dresses that can truly fit all women – those with a bump, and those without…
The Maxi Dress is fashion’s gift to women of all shapes and sizes. The high stretchy waistline allows the dress to grow along with your body, and the flowing fabric is the perfect material to flatter your bump without making you feel like you are wearing a tent (like so many maternity dresses do). And hopefully, once the baby arrives and my stomach returns to a relatively normal pre-baby flatness (crossing fingers!), these dresses will still fit and flow over a flatter figure as well. It’s much easier for me to justify the cost of a few nice pieces for this summer, knowing that I should be able to get plenty of wear out of them for many summers to come.
Here are a few of my favorite maxi dress options that are available in stores now…
1 of 6Jersey Knit Maxi Dress from Old Navy
2 of 6Nadya Maxi Dress from Banana Republic
3 of 6Striped Twist-Strap Maxi Dress from Gap
4 of 6Tiered Jersey Maxi Dress from Old Navy
5 of 6Smocked Gauze Maxi Dress from Old Navy
6 of 6Printed Cut-Out Maxi Dress from Gap
Links to dresses:
- Dress 1 – Jersey Knit Maxi Dress from Old Navy
- Dress 2 - Nadya Maxi Dress from Banana Republic
- Dress 3 – Striped Twist-Strap Maxi Dress from Gap
- Dress 4 – Tiered Jersey Maxi Dress from Old Navy
- Dress 5 – Women’s Smocked Gauze Maxi Dress from Old Navy
- Dress 6 – Printed Cut-Out Maxi Dress from Gap